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Rhode Island College Now Offering Course on ‘Rhetoric of Toxic Masculinity’

Rhode Island College Now Offering Course on ‘Rhetoric of Toxic Masculinity’

“The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making”

Can you imagine the reaction from the campus left if you wanted to offer a similar course about women?

The College Fix reports:

College offers course on ‘Rhetoric of Toxic Masculinity’

Rhode Island College is offering a course in toxic masculinity this upcoming semester, billed as a way to educate students about “better and saner versions of masculinity.”

Offered as part of the college’s first-year seminar, “The Rhetoric of Toxic Masculinity” aims to combat what it describes as a negative “outcome” in the male psyche, including concepts such as habitually suppressing fear or sadness, maintaining an appearance of stoicism, and the idea that “violence signifies power,” its description states.

The textbook for the course is titled “The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making” by Jared Yates Sexton.

The book’s description calls it a “cultural analysis of the historical, psychological, and sociological sources that make up the roots of toxic masculinity.”

Sexton previously penned an op-ed for the New York Times regarding Donald Trump’s connection to toxic masculinity, referencing what he describes as the former president’s “macho-isms, his penchant for dividing the world into losers and winners, his lack of empathy for anyone but himself.”

Rhode Island College’s course description indicates agreement with the spirit of Sexton’s sentiment, saying that the “fact that Trump was able to get elected and that he maintains support especially among white men is a sign of the health and endurance of toxic masculinity.”

However, Trump likely won’t be receiving the same focus this semester.

Course instructor and RIC English Professor Michael Michaud told The College Fix that the course last semester “started just weeks after the Jan 6 riots. Talking about Trump in that context seemed very timely and relevant … he is no longer in the spotlight the way he was.”


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The Friendly Grizzly | August 21, 2021 at 9:40 am

I’d expect nothing else, given that college enrollment is now majority persons, not men.

Yet that “rhetoric of toxic masculinity” actually seems to come mostly from those who (female and otherwise) consider themselves to be committed feminists.

Methinks perhaps some of these very feminists have become the very men they thought we were and accused us of being.

So, yes, Mr male feminist: you truly have become “The Man They Wanted You to Be.” You may self-certify your toxicity.

(BTW, would anything be lost if henceforth the word “toxic” were used only to describe substances that are, umm, actually toxic? Could we please just do without metaphorical ‘toxins’ for awhile? For surely whatever meaning might once have been contained in that metaphor has been lost. Perhaps you could substitute ” people with cooties” to identify those you dislike?)

“I gotcha retarick right heah, capische?

That’s it, students, finals are tomorrow.

This anti-male propaganda has been around in colleges for about 20 years. That’s why many colleges actively discriminate against girls in admissions, to keep the F/M ratio from exceeding 60/40. Here is an article:

Here is a warning from a college prof on how boys should expect to be treated in a woke college:

Why in Heaven’s name would anyone apply to, or enroll at, such an institution? Seriously people — many viable options are available.